Author: Caisey Quinn
Series: Neon Dreams #1
Published by: William Morrow
Publication Date: March 17, 2015
Dixie Lark hasn’t had it easy. She lost her parents in an accident when she was young and grew up in a ramshackle house on a dirt road in Amarillo with her ailing grandparents and overprotective older brother. Thanks to her grandfather, Dixie learned to play a mean fiddle, inspired by the sounds of the greats—Johnny and June, Waylon, and Hank. Her grandfather’s fiddle changed Dixie’s life forever, giving her an outlet for the turmoil of her broken heart and inspiring a daring dream.
Ten years later, Dixie and her brother, Dallas, are creating the music they love and chasing fame with their hot band, Leaving Amarillo. But Dixie isn’t enjoying the ride. All she can think about is Gavin, the band’s tattooed, tortured drummer who she’s loved since they were kids. She knows he feels the connection between them, but he refuses see her as more than his best friend’s little sister.
Convinced that one night with Gavin will get him out of her system, Dixie devises a plan. She doesn’t know that her brother has forbidden Gavin from making a move on her-a promise he swore he’d always keep . . . a promise that once broken will unexpectedly change the future for Dixie, Gavin and the band.
Yee-haw! Leaving Amarillo is the first book I’ve read by Caisey Quinn, and now I’m looking forward to more.
This book brings out all the feels. Dixie is 19, and plays the fiddle in a band with her older brother and Gavin. Gavin had a pretty crappy home life growing up, but he always had Dallas and Dixie. The three of them have been close since they were young, but Dixie held her feelings for Gavin back because Dallas put her off limits. Gavin doesn’t want to risk losing them, so he keeps her at arm’s length. Well, Dixie is tired of it and is ready to lay it all on the line.
Dixie is a feisty, yet sweet girl. She felt younger and naïve at times, but I think that had to do with the way Dallas treated her. I mean, he’s a great older brother, but dude is a bit overprotective. Ah, but Dixie could be really funny and a smartass, especially when it comes to Gavin.
The chemistry between them is so, so good in every way. Gavin can be frustrating at times, but it’s that kind of frustration that makes you want to smack him and make him kiss Dixie senseless. Oh, but when he lets the guard down even a little … whew! What really helped feel the depth of their connection were the small flashbacks of them when they were kids, because it showed how there was even something there when it was just sweet and innocent.
I love the setting and atmosphere of the music festival and the surrounding area, and the road trip and a small town feel are a total bonus. Also, it actually incorporates music into the story, the feel of it and what it means to Dixie. I love that.
The parts that got me the most emotional involved her Papa. I could so connect with Dixie and his relationship, and it made me call my own a couple times while reading this.
I have mixed feelings about the ending because it’s open with a lot of unfinished business that will continue in a future book. At the same time, the ending is lovely. I don’t know, it’s really not bad, I’m just not used to that in this genre.
Overall, I enjoyed Leaving Amarillo a lot and can’t wait to see how everything turns out.